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Simplifying my nutrition tracker food groupings

Numbers come hard to me, especially calories. emoticon I've learned to label my food groupings with the calories involved as well. For instance, instead of (milk and cereal), I now have "Milk and Cereal 195." I have a food group named "GLOP" which is now "GLOP 250." By listing the calories with the food group, it's easier for me to remember how much I'm eating without having to go into the collection itself. (I haven't tried this with my "favorites," but that's next.)

- Submitted by STARRBRITE 4/7/2014 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Turn Your Meal Tracker Into a Meal Planner

Instead of tracking the food I eat AFTER I eat it, I plan out my meals a week in advance.

I take an hour, take stock of what I have in my pantry, and search through SparkRecipes and other recipe sites that offer nutrition facts, finding recipes that look good.

Then, I plan out where those meals will fit into each day, arranging and rearranging until I get the right combo of nutrients for each day.

Finally, I shop based on a list, cook ahead of time, and look forward to eating again!

- Submitted by MAGPIENESSA 7/11/2012 in Using SparkPeople | 4 Comments
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Nutrition tracking while eating out

When eating out and not having nutrition facts available, I d
first try to choose a smart meal choice. Then when my food arrives I automatically divide it exactly in half. I take the remaining half home. Then I measure or weigh the remaining half so that I can best estimate the contents of my meal. It is a good method of portion control and helps me eat out without losing track of my daily intake. emoticon

- Submitted by RLT5089 5/25/2012 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Take Notes

Any time the idea of trying to itemize and research my food is overwhelming, I use the Notes field in the nutrition tracker to type a few notes on what I ate (with as much detail as I feel up to including). I might not know the exact calories and nutrition breakdown, but at least the food is on the record. It helps me close the book on that meal or that day and stop obsessing. At a later time when I'm feeling more up to it, I can always go back and try to enter the items "officially."

- Submitted by STLUCY622 3/9/2011 in Using SparkPeople | 2 Comments
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Enter Your Foods in the Nutrition Tracker Yourself

When using the nutrition tracker, you have the option of adding a food not in your meal plans. I don't use the meal plans right now. What I do is always enter all the nutrition facts for each food that I can--that way you can learn as you are reading the label, and copying the information, what you should know to make good decisions about each item. Also, sometimes the other person's information may not even be correct, even when it's from SparkPeople. It could be out of date.

- Submitted by HANNAH_CALM 11/25/2010 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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The Secret of The 4 Ws

-- W #1: WALK as much as possible every day, with a daily minimum of 10,000 steps
-- W #2: WAIT before eating until you have exercised or (at least) sufficient time has passed since your last meal.
-- W #3: WATCH (and WEIGH whenever possible) what you eat. Keep your Nutrition Tracker faithfully.
-- W #4: Drink WATER, water, and more water.

- Submitted by PARTSBANK 11/12/2010 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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You Can Always Go Back and Add Fitness Minutes

Too busy enjoying the outdoor or getting that yard work done to do Sparks? You can always go back and track your fitness minutes later. You don't have to add it on the day you actually do it. Just click on the calendar beside it, and choose the appropriate day or use the back arrow.

- Submitted by MOMFAN 6/14/2010 in Exercise | 31 Comments
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Nutrition Tracker Hint

To make tracking easier, I have created a favorite called "Eat Out" that I have engineered to be a fairly high cal meal when we eat out or go to a big holiday meal etc. This saves me from having to enter exactly everything I ate. I just insert "eat out" as the meal for those special occasions. emoticon

- Submitted by JPIEJPIE 6/9/2010 in Using SparkPeople | 3 Comments
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TRACK EVERY BITE on the Nutrition Tracker DAILY!!!

When I first joined SP,I was OVERWHELMED by EVERYTHING I saw and the info. I was going to have to LOG DAILY if I wanted success!! BUT...though I just spent the FIRST DAY navigating the site and NOT LOGGING IN ANYTHING just so I could familiarize myself with SP, I could see the IMPORTANCE of being..

- Submitted by MOMWANTSNOWAIST 6/1/2010 in Using SparkPeople | 2 Comments
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BELIEVE in YOURSELF and your ATTAINABLE GOAL!

When I joined Sparkpeople, I saw the possibilities of losing weight because of the ACCESS to the CALORIE COUNTER[Nutrition Tracker] and all the SUCCESS stories!!! I was NOT going to have to figure out every calorie by myself nor was I going to have to do this JOURNEY ALONE!! For the first time...

- Submitted by MOMWANTSNOWAIST 5/26/2010 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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Be honest with yourself

If you bite it, write it!

When tracking your food, be honest with yourself. Don't "tweak" the amount you ate to make it fit into your calorie range -- you will only hurt yourself. If you don't want others to know what you ate, you can always set it so no one can see your food tracker.

- Submitted by ALLELUIA525 5/10/2010 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Be honest with yourself

If you bite it, write it!

When tracking your food, be honest with yourself. Don't "tweak" the amount you ate to make it fit into your calorie range -- you will only hurt yourself. If you don't want others to know what you ate, you can always set it so no one can see your food tracker.

- Submitted by ALLELUIA525 5/10/2010 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Be honest with yourself

If you bite it, write it!

When tracking your food, be honest with yourself. Don't "tweak" the amount you ate to make it fit into your calorie range -- you will only hurt yourself. If you don't want others to know what you ate, you can always set it so no one can see your food tracker.

- Submitted by ALLELUIA525 5/10/2010 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Tweak your plan once in awhile

Sometimes when the scale stops moving for you, take a look at your calorie intake and exercise plan. More exercise may require more calories, so use the nutrition tracker to stay on track. Shake up your exercise routine to shock your body. Just don't get discouraged!

- Submitted by MSJUCY1 4/30/2010 in Breaking a Plateau | 2 Comments
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Track ALL Food Eaten

I use SparkPeople Nutrition tracker to record EVERYTHING I put in my mouth. It really keeps me on track.

- Submitted by LINDAGAGS 3/29/2010 in Using SparkPeople | 0 Comments
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Email What You Eat at Work

Whenever I eat something unplanned at work, I immediately send my personal email account a quick note describing what I ate. It could be as small as two chocolate Easter eggs, or as big as a slice of cake (odd that it's never vegetables!). When I get home, I enter it into my nutrition tracker.

- Submitted by HOLISTICDETOXER 3/28/2010 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments
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Getting Your Fiber?

When I hit my first plateau, someone suggested adding fiber to the nutrition tracker. Turns out I was often under the range. Adding more sped up my progress!

- Submitted by ZELLAZM 3/26/2010 in Breaking a Plateau | 4 Comments
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Nutrition Tracker

For me, the Nutrition Tracker feature is THE single most effective tool on SparkPeople.

When fully utilized, this feature will surprise and amaze you when you realize how many wasted calories are taken in each day.

- Submitted by PJCAGS 3/26/2010 in Using SparkPeople | 7 Comments
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First: Learn to use the Nutrition Tracker

This is the single most useful tool SparkPeople.com provides. If you're new to the site, learn to use it first. Exercise is useful, but learning and controlling what you eat is paramount to weight loss. It takes a little time to learn its special features, but it's well worth it.

- Submitted by KYRRDIS 3/25/2010 in Using SparkPeople | 2 Comments
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